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Albatross deaths from longline fishing higher than thought

Albatross deaths from longline fishing higher than thought

Posted Wed, 08 Jun 2011 17:25:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The numbers of albatross and other sea-birds drowning after being snared by longline fishing hooks is three times higher than thought - at 300,000 per year. The new number in a study published in Endangered Species Research, is all the more shocking because measures to make longline fishing safe have been proven to work.

Albatross deaths from longline fishing higher than thought

Toxin found in endangered seal could threaten numbers

Toxin found in endangered seal could threaten numbers

Posted Wed, 08 Jun 2011 13:46:27 GMT by Colin Ricketts

A dangerous toxin has been found in an endangered Hawaiian seal, further threatening its survival. Scientists from the American National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) discovered ciguatoxin in the Hawaiian monk seal and are concerned other marine mammals may have come into contact with the poison which is produced by marine algae.

Toxin found in endangered seal could threaten numbers

Kill ship speed not whales, say wildlife conservation groups

Kill ship speed not whales, say wildlife conservation groups

Posted Tue, 07 Jun 2011 15:07:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Whales swimming near the Californian coast have increasingly become victims of hit-and-sail accidents, as shipping crowds into the important marine sanctuaries there. Now conservation groups have filed a petition with the US Department of Commerce, asking for a speed limit to halt the sea-lane carnage.

Kill ship speed not whales, say wildlife conservation groups

One of the world's biggest birds is in grave danger

One of the world's biggest birds is in grave danger

Posted Tue, 07 Jun 2011 11:05:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

This year's update to the Red List of Threatened Species says that some of the largest species of bird in the world are close to extinction. The update has also resulted in the threat level for the Great Indian Bustard being upgraded to Critically Endangered, the highest level of threat.

One of the world's biggest birds is in grave danger

Last ditch attempt to save the spoon-billed sandpiper

Last ditch attempt to save the spoon-billed sandpiper

Posted Tue, 07 Jun 2011 03:00:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Can a rescue team of conservationists save Critically Endangered sandpiper? Spoon-billed sandpipers are well-camouflaged amongst their tundra habitat, with a unique spoon-shaped bill. Breeding in Chukotka in north-eastern Russia, the spoon-billed sandpiper migrates an astonishing 8000 kilometres to over-winter in Southeast Asia.

Last ditch attempt to save the spoon-billed sandpiper

Airports play their part to protect wildlife

Airports play their part to protect wildlife

Posted Fri, 03 Jun 2011 21:50:00 GMT by John Dean

Several US airports are taking steps to ensure that they protect precious wildlife habitats at times when they are making increasing demands on land. The latest one to be recognised is the St. Lucie County International Airport, which was awarded the Regional Director's Conservation Award from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region.

Airports play their part to protect wildlife

Delight at mountain gorilla twin surprise

Delight at mountain gorilla twin surprise

Posted Fri, 03 Jun 2011 13:14:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

They're only the sixth pair of twins recorded in Rwandan mountain gorilla history and have arrived, with perfect timing, to give a boost to the endangered species before the annual naming ceremony. The new twins come hot on the heels of the fifth recorded double birth, in the Hirwa Group of mountain gorillas.

Delight at mountain gorilla twin surprise

New technology to transform India's Project Tiger

New technology to transform India's Project Tiger

Posted Fri, 03 Jun 2011 09:02:00 GMT by Laura Brown

Tools helping to map the tiger's habitat and protect numbers. Project Tiger is run by Indian wildlife and forest management officials. Its aim to produce a 'tiger atlas' alongside a 'tiger habitat population evaluation system'.

New technology to transform India's Project Tiger

Are efficient stoves the way to halt deforestation?

Are efficient stoves the way to halt deforestation?

Posted Thu, 02 Jun 2011 09:07:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

A new study shows that more effective methods of preventing deforestation are needed. A new study, published in Nature Climate Changehas found that REDD+ is a valuable tool in forest conservation.

Are efficient stoves the way to halt deforestation?

WWF demands action from leaders in Brazzaville

WWF demands action from leaders in Brazzaville

Posted Tue, 31 May 2011 21:14:44 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Forestry summit could be key to protecting these habitats. As reported on The Earth Times previously, Congo is currently hosting a 'Summit of the tropical forest basins of the world'. This summit aims to establish a formal agreement between the three tropical forest basins of the Congo, Amazon and Borneo-Mekong.

WWF demands action from leaders in Brazzaville

Warning over rush to soya growing

Warning over rush to soya growing

Posted Tue, 31 May 2011 15:06:00 GMT by John Dean

Soya may be among the most popular foodstuffs on the planet but its success is causing significant environmental pressures, according to a report published today by environmental organisation WWF. According to WWF, the rush to grow soya is having a serious effect on areas such as the Brazilian savannah, the Cerrado.

Warning over rush to soya growing

Whither biodiversity in climatic uncertainty?

Whither biodiversity in climatic uncertainty?

Posted Tue, 31 May 2011 10:43:00 GMT by Mario Balzan

A new study looks at predicted climatic changes in protected areas of California and attempts to identify the future of species and ecosystems with these variations in foresight. Geographically, the disappearing climates occur in the northern California coast and areas of the Mono Basin, Death Valley, and the south-eastern Great Basin.

Whither biodiversity in climatic uncertainty?

Tuna not endangered enough for species protection

Tuna not endangered enough for species protection

Posted Sun, 29 May 2011 08:50:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

The US Government has decided that while Atlantic tuna stocks are under pressure they are not yet in danger of extinction, although the ongoing effects of the Deepwater Horizon spill may change that. Currently the western Atlantic, eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean populations of blufins are to be designated as 'species of concern.'

Tuna not endangered enough for species protection

Seafood fraud affecting conservation measures

Seafood fraud affecting conservation measures

Posted Fri, 27 May 2011 16:16:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

A new report says seafood fraud is as bad for conservation efforts as it is for the consumer. Seafood fraud, the practice by which a customer pays for a specific species of fish yet ends up with something different on their plate, is getting more media attention than ever before. DNA tests have shown that in more than 25% of all seafood purchases customers are not being served what they paid for.

Seafood fraud affecting conservation measures

Rare butterfly flying high again

Rare butterfly flying high again

Posted Thu, 26 May 2011 10:06:01 GMT by Kieran Ball

Local biodiversity action plan good news for rare butterfly. One of the UK's rarest butterflies is making a comeback thanks to a project by the Forestry Commission. The Pearl-Bordered Fritillary, recognisable by the white 'pearls' on the tips of its wings, was once a common sight in the south English countryside.

Rare butterfly flying high again

Atlantic Seabirds get FAME

Atlantic Seabirds get FAME

Posted Mon, 23 May 2011 19:55:01 GMT by Julian Jackson

''Sat-nav'' to be used in new seabird programme to track birds around Europe's Atlantic coastline. The project, known as FAME - the Future of the Atlantic Marine Environment - is tracking the movements of seabirds to pinpoint areas that are important for these ocean travellers. This knowledge should assist the selection of marine protected areas which are vital for the survival of seabird species.

Atlantic Seabirds get FAME

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Diverse worlds of animals and plants disappearing

Posted Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:45:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Gorillas see tourists by appointment

Posted Sun, 29 Jun 2014 08:39:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Sea change in Europe is slow

Posted Mon, 23 Jun 2014 06:50:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Satao, the elephant king, is killed

Posted Tue, 17 Jun 2014 07:10:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Virunga National Park safe - for now

Posted Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:31:26 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Quoll story will unveil all marsupial ills?

Posted Sat, 31 May 2014 09:40:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Rare crocodile increasing with grassroots conservation

Posted Tue, 13 May 2014 14:18:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Whitley Wonders in Haiti and Ecuador (Awards)

Posted Sat, 10 May 2014 11:50:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Orcas' Hebridean overture

Posted Wed, 07 May 2014 07:43:00 GMT by Penny Bunting

Pacific conservation resurgence

Posted Tue, 06 May 2014 11:05:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Goliath grouper's comeback is a success story - Updated

Posted Fri, 07 Oct 2011 02:14:00 GMT by Dale Kiefer

Coral reef fish saviours?

Posted Tue, 20 Mar 2012 09:34:03 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Rare holiday treat as elusive cheetah makes an appearance

Posted Tue, 28 Dec 2010 10:57:00 GMT by Paromita Pain

New reserves proposed to protect sub-Antarctic marine life

Posted Mon, 31 Jan 2011 09:51:01 GMT by Lucy Brake

The South Island Robin survives much better now

Posted Wed, 12 Dec 2012 15:17:36 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Rate of deforestation increases in the Amazon and elsewhere

Posted Sun, 17 Nov 2013 08:00:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

IUCN Endangered List Latest

Posted Tue, 26 Nov 2013 11:20:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Rarest of gorillas, the Cross River gorilla, is fighting back

Posted Wed, 01 Feb 2012 13:59:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Kids' books 'use paper that destroys rainforests'

Posted Thu, 25 Nov 2010 15:22:05 GMT by Steve Humphreys

Holidaymakers can help conserve leatherback turtles

Posted Thu, 11 Aug 2011 19:50:00 GMT by Martin Leggett